How to check hours used on Mac- Odometer?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by pianodude123, Oct 4, 2009.

  1. pianodude123 macrumors 6502a

    pianodude123

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    I am trying to find out and keep track the total hours used on my laptop. I would like to keep track since I just bought a new MBP and I want to keep track of how long the computer lasts. I think that my last MBP only lasted about 500 hours before the logic board died... so i was wondering if there are any programs that fire up on login and keep track and record uptime for the machine forever...
     
  2. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

    BlueRevolution

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    There's probably a program for the purpose, but you could do it manually. In a Terminal window, run:

    echo "uptime >> ~/.odometer" >> ~/.bash_logout

    Every time you log out, a new entry will be made in the file ~/.odometer. You can see its contents with

    cat ~/.odometer
     
  3. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    smartcl is a hdd utility that will tell you how long your laptop has been powered on

    this would be accurate if you have never swapped out hdds
     

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